Art in Public Places Continues in Downtown Thomasville

| June 11, 2014

Karen smith and artist Kenneth Bridger set up bike racks prior to their installation

THOMASVILLE, GA – Thomasville Main Street continues Art in Public Places in Downtown Thomasville while simultaneously taking its first steps toward becoming a bike friendly community with the installation of the first set of bike racks at the corner of Broad Street and Remington Avenue.

“These new features in our downtown bring more than just function to our streets, they embody our community’s culture through art,” said Executive Director of Main Street & Tourism Karen Smith. “We have been looking for ways to make ourselves more bike friendly while also adding artistic value to our streets and these bike racks have done both beautifully.”

Albany, Georgia native, Kenneth Bridger, Bridger Graphic Communications, designed the bike racks as a series of kinetic sculptures where art meets form and function.

The bike racks pull their inspiration from the community’s Southern Plantation hunting passion, with the first bike rack set featuring the Labrador Retriever and Mallard Ducks – the ducks function as a wind vane.

“Kenneth pulled together the technological resources to build these works of engineered art by collaborating with THRUSH, an aircraft manufacturer in Albany, Georgia,” Smith said. “Working with Kenneth has been wonderful; we are very fortunate to have someone of his talent design our first bike racks.”

This is the first of four installations planned for the intersection of Broad Street and Remington Avenue. Additional bike racks slated for installation throughout the downtown business district in the future.

“This project has been a collaboration of numerous stakeholders interested in the success of Downtown Thomasville. With the installation of the bike racks, our desire is to encourage healthier lifestyles through cycling and promote our community’s passion for art,” Smith said.

Source: City Thomasville Press Release

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